A piñata is a hollow shape made of papier-mâché or pottery. For special celebrations it is filled with candies and treats and suspended by a rope.
Each child takes a turn being blindfolded and turned about, then they take swings at the piñata with a stout stick. The other children stand in a circle around the piñata, and cheers go up every time the stick lands with a sharp “thwack”…but the blow causes the piñata to swing wildly, making it harder to hit the next time. Eventually the battered piñata breaks apart, spilling candy over the ground. Then all the children scramble to pick up all their hands and pockets can hold!
A star-shaped piñata like the one above is especially appropriate for a Christmas celebration.